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post #1 of 20 Old Jan 23rd, 2015, 10:49 am Thread Starter
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I've been winging it with an old leather jacket I've had for 20 yrs to protect me from cold temps while riding. This will not cut it any longer. I'm interested in a jacket for temps into the mid 30s. I don't mind a shell that will allow me to layer accordingly. Some water proofing would be nice but not absolutely required. What is the jacket that many of you seem to endorse for those chilly morning commutes and cross country jaunts? Thanks in advance for your ideas and suggestions.
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post #2 of 20 Old Jan 23rd, 2015, 11:18 am
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Re: cold weather jacket suggestions

If you did a search for Jacket and looked in the Riders gear forum, you would have come up with approximately 300 posts. Here is the link:

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If you did a search for Jacket and looked in the Riders gear forum, you would have come up with approximately 300 posts. Here is the link:

http://www.bmwlt.com/forums/search.php?searchid=3685826
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Re: cold weather jacket suggestions

I don't have a specific recommendation since my FirstGear Speed coat is old, out of production but still very functional..but here are some general things to consider.

Ditch the leather and go with textile. Textile is more windproof and waterproof than leather. Most any coat with a full-sleeve liner will be the way to go. Some riders like the 3/4 length coats that resist riding up in the back better than 1/2 length jackets. A tall collar helps keep your neck warm without adding another piece of gear.

You will probably find most riders here will recommend the BMW coats. They are nice for sure, but pricey.
You can find the same performance from outside brands for about half the cost. Olympia, Tourmaster, and many others provide quality gear with CE armor.

If you are of the school that you must spend big money and get the best, then by all means... get the Bring More Wallet branded gear.

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I bought one of these!

REV'IT! Voltiac HV Jacket - RevZilla

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I think my last leather coat was retired in the late '90s and agree that fabric coats are better for both wind protection and general comfort. GoreTex is really worth the extra money it costs. I bought a heated vest last year and it really improves your comfort time and and how low a temperature you are willing to brave.

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great suggestions fellas. I kinda like this First Gear Kenya jacket. Seems to have some features/style I like and its closeout price is hard to beat.
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great suggestions fellas. I kinda like this First Gear Kenya jacket. Seems to have some features/style I like and its closeout price is hard to beat.
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I have 2 or maybe 3 other short jackets. Think about something a bit longer for cold weather!

I am also a big fan of Hi-Viz!

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good ideas indeed.
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Re: cold weather jacket suggestions

I use a Tourmaster Transition 3 ( Around $210 - Revzilla). It's a very good 3/4 length jacket and very warm with the liner in and a fleece vest when it gets really cold.

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+1! I have the Transition 3 Hi Viz & it was great on our Alaska trip! Heated liner for the real chilly days.

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I use a Tourmaster Transition 3 ( Around $210 - Revzilla). It's a very good 3/4 length jacket and very warm with the liner in and a fleece vest when it gets really cold.

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Re: cold weather jacket suggestions

I bought a used Klim Badlands last year and found out I wasted a lot of money on other jackets. Fits like like it was tailor made, goretex, vents give you the option to channel air in the warmer months and has ton of pockets too. BMW gear seemed inferior IMO.
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I recently purchased the First Gear Kilimanjaro jacket
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I purchased the day/glo jacket. The only thing I do not like about it is that the sleeves get dirty where my gloves rub against them. I first purchased a Bilt Jacket but it was too rough on my neck.

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I purchased a Klim Latitude at a dealer's demo recently. Cheaper than the Badlands but I live in southern Maryland, where the daytime temp in Jan varies between 28 & 42. I wear a base layer, a heated powerlet jacket, a Klim pullover and then the Klim jacket. I've never been in the least bit cold, and this combination provides excellent wind protection. Of course that is helped by the fairing and windscreen of three 2014 R1200Rt.
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Tourmaster Transitions 3 jacket, their Venture pants, a heated vest to go underneath...no complaints down to about 35 degrees. Liners go in and out easily and don't take up much storage space when not in use...even less if you store them in a Space Bag.

Good venting for warmer weather, decent armor and enough pockets that you'll continually be 'hiding things from yourself'.

Some of the Transitions/Venture stuff can be found (new) on eBay at a bit of savings, but it's priced very competitively to start with...the only caution might be to know your size before ordering from an eBay dealer.

I've used this combo for the last 6 years and it is sturdy, comfy and looks good.


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You'll get as many different recommendations as there are riders. As suggested earlier, Klim makes great gear if you're willing to pony up the bucks. For my money, I'll take a one piece Aerostich Roadcrafter suit; layer or add a heated vest or jacket. I've bought plenty of other riding gear but I've always used the "stich" more than anything--it's my go to gear for commuting or cross country travel. I've got about 150K plus miles on the stich and it still works great. It's not for everyone and it has its faults but overall it has been the best gear for me, summer or winter. It would probably help the readers if you listed where you are located.
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+1 on the 'stich. I have a lot of other gear but it has all stayed in the closet since I bought the Roadcrafter. Layer under it for the conditions and go.

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+1 on the 'stich. I have a lot of other gear but it has all stayed in the closet since I bought the Roadcrafter. Layer under it for the conditions and go.
Ditto. I also have a Tourmaster Air jacket and pants, but haven't taken them out of the closet since I got my Hi-Viz 'stich.

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thanks to all of you for opening my eyes to some great products out there. My wallet hates you all
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IMHO, If you want to be warm, nothing beats heated clothing.
I have the Tourmaster Flex Jacket & Pants than can be worn in almost every condition.(Waterproof to only a certain extent.)
It can be configured from Mesh armored Jacket to insulated.
When it gets really cold (Freezing point or below) I remove the quilted liner and use the Tourmaster Synergy heated gear.

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